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Ichiro, 45, joins M's; may open in Japan

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SEATTLE (AP) Ichiro Suzuki has agreed to a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners, paving the way for the 45-year-old to play in Seattle's season-opening series in Japan.

Suzuki's agent, John Boggs, confirmed the agreement on Wednesday. He said Suzuki's deal would become a major league contract if he's added to Seattle's expanded roster for the two games the Mariners will play against Oakland in March in Tokyo.

Suzuki started last season playing for the Mariners but transitioned into a front-office role as a "special assistant to the chairman" that allowed him to take part in pregame workouts and batting practice but did not allow him to be in the dugout during games.


Giants, LHP Pomeranz agree to $1.5M deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Drew Pomeranz is eager to return to his top form from two years ago and forget an injury-shortened year in 2018.

The left-hander agreed Wednesday to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants to provide depth in their rotation, and the deal includes $3.5 million in possible roster and performance bonuses.


Brewers promote GM Stearns to president

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have promoted general manager David Stearns, adding president of baseball operations to his title and giving him a contract extension after the team came within one win of the World Series.

The Brewers also elevated chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger to president of business operations and boosted his contract. The club announced the moves Tuesday without detailing the length of the extensions.


Orioles hire Long, Brocail to staff

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have hired Don Long as hitting coach and Doug Brocail as pitching coach under first-year manager Brandon Hyde.

Long spent the past five seasons as the hitting coach of the Cincinnati Reds.


No hat logo for Halladay, Mussina unsure

NEW YORK (AP) Roy Halladay won't be have a logo on the cap of his Hall of Fame plaque, and Mike Mussina wants some time before giving his opinion to the Hall, which makes the final decision.

Halladay, who died in November 2017, spent 12 of his 16 seasons pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays and four for the Philadelphia Phillies. Mussina was with the Baltimore Orioles for his first 10 seasons and the New York Yankees for his final eight.


HOF: Rivera, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina

NEW YORK (AP) This honor was saved for the one and only Mariano Rivera.

Not Babe Ruth. Not Hank Aaron. Not Cy Young.


Braves keep All-Star OF Markakis for $6M

ATLANTA (AP) All-Star outfielder Nick Markakis took a significant pay cut to remain with the Atlanta Braves, even coming off one of the best seasons of his career.

Markakis and the Braves agreed Tuesday to a deal that is worth a guaranteed $6 million and includes a club option for 2020.


Rangers, INF Cabrera agree to $3.5M deal

DALLAS (AP) The Texas Rangers have found a veteran to play third base after the retirement of Adrian Beltre.

Free agent Asdrubal Cabrera has agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the Rangers, according to a person familiar with the deal. That person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal was pending a successful physical for the 33-year-old infielder.


Martinez gets Hall call after long wait

When Edgar Martinez had the most famous swing of his career - "The Double" as it's known by in the Pacific Northwest - he was already 32 years old.

His career had a late start. So waiting all 10 years on baseball's Hall of Fame ballot before his election to Cooperstown was just another chapter in the arc of his life.

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